Children and Their Development (6th Edition)

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Research Made Relevant


Children and Their Development, 6e demonstrates how research translates into practice.


Written by a well-known and respected researcher in the field of child development, this topically organized text uses unique and effective pedagogy as its main framework. The book focuses on practice through its accessible writing, modular format, and application-based features, such as: Focus on Research, Cultural Influences, Spotlight on Theories, Improving Children’s Lives, and Child and Development and Family Policy. Topic coverage includes the prenatal period through adolescence, which best suits Child Development courses in Psychology, Education, Human Development, Child and Family Studies, and Early Childhood Education.


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  • Engage Students - A strong balance of research and applications maintains student interest.
  • Explore Research – A multitude of features draw on research methods that contribute to the scientific process.
  • Understand Culture and Diversity – Cultural Influences feature illustrates the diversity of developmental journeys.
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About the Author:

Robert V. Kail is Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. His undergraduate degree is from Ohio Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan. Kail is editor of Psychological Science. He received the McCandless Young Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, was named the Distinguished Sesquicentennial Alumnus in Psychology by Ohio Wesleyan University, and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. His research focuses on cognitive development during childhood and adolescence. He will be the editor of The Society for Research in Child Development's Child Development Perspectives from 1/1/12 through 12/31/17. Away from the office, he enjoys photography and working out. His web site is:


"A nice introductory text about child development. Easily accessible for students."  ~Jennifer Vu, University of Delaware


"This book packs in a lot of information without being overly dense. Explanations are clear and the conversational tone of the writing appeals to students."  ~Joan Zook, SUNY Geneseo


"Interesting, up-to-date book... does a great job of helping students understand how to do research." ~William Jared DuPree, University of Houston Clear Lake


"Very current in its research coverage" ~Lois Muir, University of Montana


"An interesting, well written topical approach to child development."   "I like the emphasis on pedagogy. The modular set up of the chapters is nice. I also like the emphasis on application of the material seen with the 'Improving Children's Lives' segments."  ~Janet Gebelt, Westfield State College


"Very conversational. Good modular organization to help individualize the course to any one professor's needs." ~  Alisha Janowsky, University of Central Florida


"Very good and extremely well organized."  ~Brenda Lohman, Iowa State University


"This book is a very well written text that includes many, many visual examples.  It is easy to read, easy to follow."  ~ Mandy Gingerich Hege, Butler University


"The research is very comprehensive. I like the additional resources and tools available to students and instructors."  ~Cathy Wilson, Saddleback College


"The information is engaging and addresses a large range of points of view and information. It is nicely organized in the sections of the chapters called modules."  ~Gaston Weisz, Adelphi Univeristy

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